Box of Delights II – A Podcast

Open cardboard box closeup

Ha ha! I think I finally conquered Garageband and worked out how to make a podcast, even though there is no podcast button anymore!

Here is a very hastily constructed podcast that I made tonight as I was opening a box of my own records that I had sent myself from England.I don’t think I made quite the right music selection choices, but hey, that’s the way it goes sometimes! Enjoy!

 

RR Films: Work

I was tempted go go with ‘Happiness’ as this week’s topic, as yesterday was the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness, but I couldn’t bring too many films to mind*. Instead, as more stories surface of restaurants not paying the minimum wage and self-employed drivers being charged for being unable to work, this week I’m looking for films set in and around the workplace.

Compliance was my first thought – and the tyranny of fast food management is still very much with us – but instead I’ll look back to happier times, when complete incompetence was no great barrier to earning a crust, and kick off with Clerks, Kevin Smith’s only good film (discuss?)……

What films about work would you recommend?

*Or, if you prefer, films about happiness.

 

Earworms 20 March 2017

Another day, another worm (or six) – here’s this week’s selection for you to enjoy. Thanks to all contributors – if anyone has an earworm they would like to share, please send an .mp3 to earworm@tincanland.com together with a short paragraph about why you’ve chosen it. Happy Monday!

case/lang/veirs – 1000 Miles Away: CaroleBristol: I bought the case/lang/veirs album a few weeks back and I’ve been playing it a fair bit. It is a collaboration between k.d lang, Neko Case and Laura Veirs. I bought it because I liked the single, “Best Kept Secret” released from it, but the one that has stuck in my head is this song, “1000 Miles Away“. It is a classic ballad.

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Sounds on Sunday 22

Greetings all, it’s a bumper week this week, with seventeen new tracks for you. Have a listen and let us know what you think, in the comments below. Many thanks to all contributors.

Kevin Pearce – Heartbeat Mind: This is Essex based singer songwriter Kevin Pearce’s new single Heartbeat Mind, released recently. “After a busy year of touring the UK and writing his new album So On, he’s back with an intriguingly dark and foreboding track, featuring Dean Honer of The Moonlandingz – the riotous supergroup made up of members of Fat White Family.

Chris Elliott – Westward Bound: “Hi … I used to be in a band called Leisure that toured with Girls for their “Album” tour some years ago. We have since broke up and I have been working on writing and recording my own music in Boston with a similar sound. My first single is an indietronica / rock song, think a mixture of Sales, Tame Impala, Yeasayer, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.”

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Bad Brains and Death – Discuss

Last year I watched a BBC documentary called Imagine – The Seven Killings of Marlon James.  Marlon James had won the Man Booker Prize in 2015 with his violent fictional version of the assassination attempt on Bob Marley.  In this documentary, Alan Yentob talked to him about experiences as a writer.  It is a great documentary and worth watching if it ever comes to a screen near you.  In some shots, Marlon was wearing a band t-shirt.  A tweet from a writer I follow, who had been watching the programme at the same time as me, revealed the band to be Bad Brains.  Of course I immediately sought them out.  The album above is their first and eponymous record released in 1982.  It is a furious hardcore punk reggae fusion – I like it for certain occasions although admit to preferring a later album called I Against I, mainly because it’s slightly more accessible and appropriate to play around children, but Bad Brains is an awesome racket.  I love the dub and reggae tracks interspersed between the noise as a bit of relief.

So last week, I was minding my own business, reading an article that referred to Bad Brains and in the same breath name-checked this other band I’d never heard of as being better than Bad Brains and making this kind of music much earlier.  What? Much earlier than 1982? The band is called Death.  I know very little about them other than they were a band made up of 3 brothers from Detroit, they made this album called For The Whole World To See in 1975.  When the record company wanted them to change their name, they refused, so the album never got released; until it was rediscovered in 2009.

Yet again I come to you, ‘Spillers to fill in my gaps and educate me.  What do you know about all this? Are there any other bands like these two I should check out?

Discuss…

 

RR Films: Futility

So that’s it then. The ball is rolling, the timid resistance of the Lords being the final attempt to guide its direction in any way. Resistance is futile.

Sorry, but I don’t really understand where the world is going any more, and trying to find positives seems futile too (well, almost: I got an A-lister for the RR Songs topic…).

But there’s often black humour to be found in futile situations, even when the local authority decides it’s going to take your property and destroy you in the process. As in Leviathan:

What films featuring futility would you recommend?

Earworms 13 March 2017

Greetings from Earworm land, I hope this reasonably cheerful selection finds you well. I’ve been under the weather recently, but my attempts to recover by treating my body as a temple were foiled tonight, when the dog ate my vitamin tablet. So it’s back to beer and crisps for me, and a long and invigorating walk for the dog. Many thanks to all contributors – if you have a tune you would like to share, please send an .mp3 to earworm@tincanland.com, with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Thank’ee.

Ben Wendel – Song Song – glassarfemptee: Canadian saxophonist Ben Wendel is now New York based. This is track is from last year’s album “What we bring”, and has a timeless classic period feel.

Animal Collective – Jimmy Mack – tincanman: How do you take a break from making weird, experimental pop? Listen to Motown, apparently. This Martha & The Vandellas cover is from the loose collective’s new EP, The Painters, just out last month (Feb).

The Penguins – Let’s Make Some Love – severin: The chaps who recorded my favourite Doo Wop song “Earth Angel”. Personally, I think they could do no wrong. This is a belter.

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put A Spell On You – Ravi Raman: I’m so used to CCR playing this, and Etta James. Surprised to find out that this is the original.  Shows how much I know.

Monkey Warhol – Beige – AliM: Minneapolis-based electronic music producer Monkey Warhol has shared this track with us. It’s very catchy. More bio on bandcamp: https://monkeywarhol.bandcamp.com/

The Wooden Sky – You’re not Alone – AliM: From the Toronto based band’s upcoming new album “Swimming In Strange Waters” coming April 7 2017. “Drawing its title from a line in Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel, Dune – “Survival is the ability to swim in strange water” – The Wooden Sky’s fifth full-length record finds frontman and multi-instrumentalist Gavin Gardiner matching personal trauma against the increasingly bleak political climate we find ourselves in.” https://soundcloud.com/nevado/the-wooden-sky-youre-not-alone-1

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